Dr. Shiping Zhu – Faculty of Engineering
Shiping Zhu

Dr. Shiping Zhu


Polymer reaction engineering and materials, polymer synthesis and characterization, polymerization modeling, digitalization of polymerization processes, precision production of polymers, industrial big data, process trouble shooting, smart polymers, polymer biomaterials, polymer microelectronics, surface modification and interfacial engineering
  • Professor Emeritus

    Chemical Engineering

  • Distinguished University Professor

    Chemical Engineering


Areas of research, and current projects include:

  • Catalytic polymerization of olefins, high temperature CSTR
  • Reaction engineering of controlled radical polymerization
  • Polymerization modeling, process optimization and scale-up
  • Industrial big data, mining and analysis, diagnostic and trouble-shooting
  • Interfacial engineering of biomaterials and polymer microelectronics
  • Smart polymers, gas-responsive polymers, stress-sensitive color-changing polymers, shape-memory polymers
  • Ionic liquid, poly (IL), metal-organic frameworks (MOF), polymer composites
  • High internal phase emulsion (HIPE) and ultra-sensitive foams
  • Polymer platform for COX, NOX, SOX purification

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Bachelor of Engineering from Chemical Engineering department of Zhejiang University, China in 1982. He received his doctoral degree from McMaster University in 1991 under the supervision of Dr. Archie Hamielec. He joined McMaster as a faculty member in Chemical Engineering and Materials Engineering department in 1991. His research passion lies on the advancement of polymer science and engineering.

Shiping Zhu has trained over 120 Master’s, PhD’s, PDF’s and other highly qualified personnel. He has published 350 technical articles in refereed journals, presented 200 conferences, and delivered over 120 invited seminars, with over 10,000 SCI citations. He received the Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award, Chemical Institute of Canada’s Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award, Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering’s R.S. Jane Memorial Award, McMaster Faculty of Engineering’s Research Achievement Award, and Zhejiang Province’s West-Lake Friendship Award.

Shiping Zhu holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Polymer Reaction Engineering. He is an elected Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (FCIC), Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE), Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC), and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC). In 2015, McMaster University bestowed him with the title of Distinguished University Professor.

  • B.Eng. Zhejiang University (1982)
  • Ph.D. McMaster University (1991)

2016 R.S. Jane Award, Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering
2015 Faculty of Engineering Research Achievement Award, McMaster University
2015 Distinguished University Professor, McMaster University
2014 Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (FRSC)
2013 Canada Research Chair, Tier 1
2011 CIC Macromolecular Science and Engineering Award
2011 Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada (FEIC)
2010 Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE)
2010 West Lake Friendship Award, Zhejiang Province, China
2009 Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada (FCIC)
2001 Canada Research Chair, Tier 2
2000 Ontario Premier’s Research Excellence Award